There is a vital need for digital medicines support to improve the health and wellbeing of people being cared for in their own homes. Margaret’s story in the following video sets out the case very powerfully.

Video Transcript

A stakeholder specification has been created to make clear and detailed requirements for a digital solution to technology suppliers. The specification has been co-produced through consultation with homecare providers, council commissioners, pharmacists, technology suppliers, and other strategic health and social care partners. It sets out requirements for service users and families, care workers and organisations, pharmacies and health partners, and social care commissioners.

Publication marks the culmination of a Social Care Digital Innovation Programme Accelerator match-funded by NHS Digital and managed by the Local Government Association. Five local authorities (Halton Borough Council, Kent County Council, Newcastle City Council, Sunderland City Council, Warrington Borough Council) co-funded discovery work unearthing benefits and challenges of digital medicines support in domiciliary care. A clear recommendation from commercial discovery was the need for a stakeholder specification.

The specification should serve as the first port of call for home care providers considering digital investment in medicines support and for software suppliers developing solutions.

Consideration is being given to standardising the data and information elements included in the specification with the Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB). If taken forward, care providers and organisations interested in collaborating with service users and families and health and care partners will have the opportunity to contribute to this digital standard for implementation across domiciliary care.